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YouTube Star Lil’ Herb Brooks To Be Guest Of Honor At Minnesota Wild Game

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Josh Sacco, the 4-year-old who became an internet sensation with his impassioned and spot-on performance of Herb Brooks’ speech (as done by Kurt Russell in the film Miracle) to the U.S. Olympic hockey team before they played the Russians in Lake Placid in 1980, has quickly carved out a cottage industry resulting from his video. Currently at over 1.8 million views on YouTube, the video has garnered Sacco attention from all over the interwebs and the world-at-large, including an article in USA Today as well as an appearance on Ellen DeGenerate’s show. Not only that, he has been invited to the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver.

That’s all small potatoes compared to what’s up next for the little rascal – on Friday, Sacco will lead the Team of 18,000 (as the Wild fans are affectionately referred to) at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul in the traditional “Let’s Play Hockey!” chant prior to the drop of the puck before the Wild take on the New York Islanders.

Just in case you haven’t seen Sacco’s speech, here it is:

Wow. I’ve watched that 10 times and I’m still blown away by it. Not bad for a kid who doesn’t even know how to read yet.

For those of you who don’t live in Minnesota or aren’t a Wild fan, the invitation to lead the crowd in the “Let’s Play Hockey” chant is an honor normally reserved for only the upper echelon of Minnesota dignitaries, or whoever the Wild can get on short notice, so Sacco should feel very blessed for the opportunity to join the likes of those who preceded him in performing the routine. For instance, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson.

Yeesh. I would count that as yet another Adrian Peterson fumble. Hopefully, little Josh Sacco does a little better of a job than All Day.

Lil’ Herb Brooks Coming Friday [Wild.com]
How 4-year-old boy mastered ‘Miracle’ speech in YouTube hit [Puck Daddy]